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NASA Launches Experimental Heat Shield Capsule
2012-07-23 08:41:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An rocket carrying an experimental project blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this morning just after 7 a.m. EST. The Black Brant XI rocket was carrying NASA´s Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE). The demonstration flight was carried out to test a tracking system and heat shield. The rocket climbed to about 280 miles and after separation the experimental equipment made splash down about 20...

IRVE-3 Flight Hardware Test Sounding Rocket
2012-07-20 05:51:43

NASA will launch an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield technology demonstrator on a Black Brant XI sounding rocket July 22 from the agency's launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) is the third in a series of suborbital flight tests of this new technology. Technicians will vacuum pack the uninflated 10-foot (3.05 meters) diameter cone of high-tech inner tubes into a 22-inch (56 centimeters) diameter sounding rocket....

Mars Science Lab Trajectory Maneuver Slated For Jan. 11
2012-01-07 06:08:58

Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars. The action will use a choreographed sequence of firings of eight thruster engines during a period of about 175 minutes beginning at 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST or 2300 Universal Time). It will redirect the spacecraft more precisely toward Mars to land at Gale Crater. The trajectory resulting...

Image 1 - Mars Science Laboratory Meets Its Match In Florida
2011-10-06 08:19:14

In preparation for launch later this year, the "back shell powered descent vehicle" configuration containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has been placed on the spacecraft's heat shield. The matchup was performed by technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The heat shield and the spacecraft's back shell form an aeroshell that encapsulates and protects the rover from the intense heat it will experience during the final leg of the trip to Mars-the...

2011-06-23 10:08:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next Mars rover has completed the journey from its California birthplace to Florida in preparation for launch this fall. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, also known as Curiosity, arrived Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center aboard an Air Force C-17 transport plane. It was accompanied by the rocket-powered descent stage that will fly the...

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2011-05-25 07:32:45

Officials said Tuesday that work to prepare NASA's new Mars rover for launch has been halted to allow safety reviews after a crane operations accident at the Kennedy Space Center. The mishap involved part of the protective aeroshell cover for the $2 billion Mars Science Laboratory while trying to attach the two sections of the 15-foot. Project manager Richard Cook told Reuters that on Friday, a crane operator from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California accidentally hit the...

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2011-05-16 05:50:00

An Air Force C-17 transport plane delivered the heat shield, back shell and cruise stage of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on May 12, 2011. The heat shield and back shell together form the aeroshell, which will encapsulate the mission's rover and descent stage. The cruise stage will perform critical communication and navigation functions during the flight from Earth to Mars. The mission will launch in late 2011 and deliver its rover, Curiosity, to...


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